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Peaky Blinders bosses lead tributes to Harry Potter star Helen McCrory who’s died after ‘heroic’ cancer battle

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SHOCKED stars have been paying tribute to actress Helen McCrory following her tragic death.

The Peaky Blinders star, 52, died following a "heroic" battle with cancer.

After her husband Damian Lewis made the heartbreaking announcement, the Peaky Blinders bosses paid tribute, writing: "Helen McCrory as Polly Gray.

"All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family. Rest in peace."

Helen took on the gritty role of Polly Gray in the hit show as the domineering matriarch of the family in 2015.

Her character is the aunt of the Shelby brothers and the unofficial head of the family.

Just three weeks ago, the actress was confirmed to be returning to the show for its sixth and final season alongside Paul Anderson and Cillian Murphy.

The season started filming at the beginning of the year but it is not clear when it is due to return to our screens.

Helen's former co-star on 4. 3. 2. 1. film, Noel Clarke wrote: "RIP #HelenMcCrory you were the best and always lovely to me.

"It was a pleasure to work with you. Love ya. Blessings to Damian and the family."

Piers Morgan said: "What shocking and incredibly sad news. RIP Helen."

Amanda Holden wrote: "I’m devastated for you all and send love."

Line of Duty star Vicky McClure added: "Oh Damian, I’m so sorry. Sending you & your family much love xxx."

Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne sent a message to Helen's husband, saying: "Sending my deepest condolences to you on this incalculable loss.

"It was an honour and a pleasure to talk to Helen about her life last summer. My heart goes out to you and your family."

Singer Ronan Keating wrote: "I’m So sorry brother. My heart and thoughts are with you."

EastEnders actor Jake Wood said: "I am devastated to hear of the passing of Helen McRory at the age of 52 from cancer.

"I was lucky to have worked with Helen twice in my career, once in Lynda La Plantes ‘Trial & Retribution’ and then again in the film ‘Dad Savage’.

"She was a powerhouse of an actor, so dedicated and committed and such a lovely person to be around with a wonderful and cheeky sense of humour.

"My thoughts go out to her husband Damian and family at this time.
Such a sad loss at too young an age."

Beverley Knight said: "Oh god no. An incredible actress. This is desperately sad. I feel for her husband ⁦@lewis_damian⁩ and family. Sincere condolences."

Hollywood actress Helen, who has also starred in Skyfall and Harry Potter, passed away peacefully at home.

Her devastated husband today said in a statement: "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.

"She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

She was married to actor Damian for 14 years.

The couple have two children together - daughter Manon born in September 2006 and son Gulliver, who was born in November 2007.

They last month appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss their latest charity project with the Prince's Trust, where they are both ambassadors.

When asked if she had a sore throat by host Kate Garraway, Helen joked: "I've got children".

Caring Helen and Damian, who live in Suffolk, also helped feed frontline healthcare workers during the Covid pandemic.

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